[Advaita-l] Who wrote Saundarya Lahari?
rameshramanan at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Jul 29 01:27:12 CDT 2015
I think you have got it confused. The word 'Dravida Sishu' refers not to Adi Shankara but to the noted Saivite Saint of Tamil Nadu, Sri Thirujnana Sambandhar. Sri Adi Shankara must have been aware of Sri Jnana Sambandha being given breast milk by Mother Goddess Parvathi and so, he is referring to that incident. As regards your other observation of a bala brahmachari describing the parts of a female body, one way of explaining it is by saying that Adi Shankara was a Sarvajna and so he knew everything. If this explanation does not seem to be acceptable, then, it could be that the Mother Goddess herself inspired him with the required knowledge for the same. It is simply impossible to deny his authorship of the book, because Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswathi Mahaswamigal of Kanchi has nicely commented on the book, saying that it is an authentic work of Sri Adi Shankara.
Pranams once again, Ramesh Ramanan.
On Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 10:28, D.V.N.Sarma డి.వి.ఎన్.శర్మ via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
I have heard that Dravida sisu refers not to Sankara but to Saiviate saint
On Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 10:05 AM, Venkatesh Murthy via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> In the TV programme Satya Darshana I heard Adi Sankara the author of
> Prasthana Traya Bhashya and the best of the Yatis and a Baala Brahmachari
> cannot be author of Saundarya Lahari. How can he describe every part of the
> female body details for 50 Slokas ? Even if you say he is describing his
> Mother how can a son describe body parts of his Mother? Someone may say Adi
> Sankara was Siva Avatara only. Siva can describe His own wife Paarvati and
> Her body because He is Her husband. But why did he say he is Dravida Sisu a
> baby of the Dravida country and drinking Her breast milk Stanya in Sloka
> 75? How can he act as husband in one place and son in another place?
> Someone must have written Saundarya Lahari and put his name as Dravida Sisu
> There are many Bhashyas for Saundary Lahari? What are Bhaashya Kaaras
> saying? Kindly clarify. Some Dvaitis are taunting me. I have to give a
> suitable reply.
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